Cohabitation

More and more couples decide against marriage, preferring instead to cohabit, but what are the implications in the event of a split? How often does a client tell us about his or her "common law marriage" only to discover that it does not exist? How is property divided? What happens to the children? Who owns the Clarice Cliff?

We can answer all of your questions. We can steer you through the difficult law of cohabitation. Not only that, but we can help you avoid the legal wrangling which sometimes accompanies cohabitation breakups. Clients should think about entering into an agreement to regulate their arrangements with a view to an orderly exit if there is to be one.

If children are involved, there may be applications to be made relating to them; parental responsibility, contact and financial claims. The extent of the court's powers can sometimes come as a surprise.

We aim to provide clear, sensible and cost-effective advice throughout what can sometimes be troubled times. We consider all options in the client's best interests. Is mediation an option? What about early, round the table meetings before litigation becomes unavoidable?

It is little known how complicated this area of the law can be. We focus on the issues and set out to resolve them expertly and without fuss.